Jason Tandon

Upcoming Reading: Portsmouth Poetry Hoot

I am excited to open this year’s season of the Portsmouth Poetry Hoot with former Maine Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl. The reading will take place on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7PM. Click the image above for more details, and please join us!

Betsy Sholl’s eighth collection of poetry is Otherwise Unseeable (University of Wisconsin, 2014). Other books include The Red Line, which won the AWP Prize for Poetry and Don’t Explain, which won the Felix Pollak Prize. She served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011. Her work has been included in many anthologies, including Best American Poetry, 2009, and Best Spiritual Writing, 2012. She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.


New Issue of SRPR


The new issue of SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) is out now, featuring cover art by Carol Emmons, from her mixed-media installation, “Surveying Desire XIII: Observatory;” poems by Katie Ford, Francine J. Harris, Kiki Petrosino, Doug Ramspeck, Susan Terris, Sarah Vap, G. C. Waldrep, and Sam Witt among others; and finally, Aracelis Girmay’s review essay of Eduardo C. Corral’s Slow Lightning: Poems, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, and Jean Valentine’s Break the Glass.

My thanks to the editors for including my poem, “What Jack Next Door Remembers about Vietnam.”

“Funny…redeeming…quirkily poignant”

Quality of Life Cover


I am incredibly grateful to Joe Benevento at the Green Hills Literary Lantern for his thoughtful, detailed, and generous review of my latest collection of poetry, Quality of Life. To read the full review click here. Below you’ll find a few excerpts:

Tandon demonstrates throughout Quality of Life that he understands loss, the ethereal nature of any good moment. Yet he … insists what we think and do has to matter, and that our resiliency and sympathy are what make it matter…

He leaves us with the impression that it maybe can be a “wonderful life,” not because it’s a constant string of successes and happy moments but because of our ability, if we choose to use it, to see something funny and something redeeming, not in all things, but in as many things as possible…

Tandon’s gift then is to know there is a time for laughter, a time for tears, and sometimes a time just to work and sweat through the pain, to our common blessing, which is also our common curse.  Somehow that curse loses much of its power to overwhelm, once we have turned all the pages in [his] masterful Quality of Life. 


New Review: Kimonos in the Closet

The new issue of Pleiades is out! See below for a selection of work:

Volume 35, Number 2, Summer 2015

Symposium on Prufrock at 100: Jerry Harp, Michael Theune, Jason Sommer, Corey Van Landingham, Rishona Zimring, Eric Pankey, Kevin Prufer, Jennifer Atkinson, Carl Adamshick. Introducing Grzegorz Wróblewski: by Piotr Gwiazda.

Fiction: by Rebecca Makkai, Richard Burgin, Dustin M. Hoffman, Allyson Goldin Loomis.

Essays: by Maya Jewell Zeller, Toni Mirosevich, Dustin Parsons, Caleb Powell.

Poems: by Taisia Kitaiskaia, B.J. Best, Catherine Wing, Jane Wong, Zack Strait, Ed Skoog, Danniel Schoonebeek, Kristen Steenbeeke, Abigail Cloud, Maya Jewell Zeller, Corey Van Landingham, Jerry Harp, Nellie Bridge, Sarah Barber, Sarah Galvin, Jessica Garratt, Davis McCombs, Colleen Abel, Rachel B. Glaser, Mark Leidner, Dana Roeser, Katharine Rauk, Bill Carty, Zubair Ahmed, Thomas Grout, Katharine Ogle, Karen Skolfield, Peter Schireson, Drew S. Cook, Debora Kuan, Thomas March, Damian Caudill, Svetlana Beggs, Maureen Seaton, Michelle Peñaloza, Stephen Danos, Bryan Merck, Lizzie Harris, Sierra Nelson, Casey Patrick, Christopher Cheney.

The Pleiades Book Review

Feature Reviews: Bruce Whiteman, A Most Delicate Monster: On Donald Revell’s translation of Paul Verlaine’s Songs Without Words (Omnidawn, 2013), Antonio D’Alfonso’s translation of Louise Dupré’s Beyond the Flames (Guernica Editions, 2014), Piotr Gwiazda’s translation of Grzegorz Wróblewski’s Kopenhaga (Zephyr Press, 2013), Michelle Gil-Montero’s translation of María Negroni’s Mouth of Hell (Action Books, 2013), and Susan H. Gillespie’s translation of Ilana Shmueli’s Toward Babel: Poems and a Memoir (Sheep Meadow Press, 2013); and James Shea, “Reading an Evening Breeze”: Buson’s Hokku in Translation, on W. S. Merwin and Takako Lento’s Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson (Copper Canyon, 2013).

My thanks to the editors for including my review of David Shumate’s Kimonos in the Closet (Pitt, 2013):


New Issue of Paterson Literary Review

The new issue of the Paterson Literary Review (#43) is out with a wonderful variety of work by Martín Espada, Jim Daniels, Marge Piercy, Diane di Prima, Grace Bauer, Tara Betts, Laura Boss, Patricia Fargnoli, Gary Fincke, Kevin Goodan, Jim Haba, William Harry Harding, Wang Ping, Carrie Shipers, Vivian Shipley, and many others. My thanks to the editors for publishing my poem “Cleaning House” from my new manuscript The Actual World.

New Issue of Burnside Review

The latest issue of Burnside Review is out with work by Matthew Rohrer, Kim Chinquee, Joel Brouwer, Jennifer L. Knox, Jennifer K. Sweeney, and M.A. Vizsolyi. My thanks to the editors for including my poem “Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.” To read a selection click the cover above!

Mother’s Day on the Cape

This Sunday, May 10th I will be reading along with Martha Collins and Lee Sharkey for the Calliope Poetry Series. The reading takes place at the West Falmouth Library and begins at 3PM. Please see below for directions and more details. Hope to see you there!


Martha Collins is the author of seven books of poetry, including Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006).  She has published four earlier collections of poems and four collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry—most recently Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed, 2013, with the author).  She founded the creative writing program at UMass-Boston and taught for ten years at Oberlin College, where she continues to serve as editor-in-chief for FIELD magazine.  Martha’s eighth book of poems,  Admit One: An American Scrapbook will be published by Pittsburgh Press in early 2016.


Lee Sharkey’s publications include six chapbooks and four full-length volumes of poetry.  Her most recent book,Calendars of Fire (Tupelo Press, 2010) was a Split This Rock Recommended Poetry Book of 2013. Lee is the recipient of the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Award in Translation (2013) and the 2010 Maine Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship.  Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Drunken Boat, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Seattle Review and many other magazines.  Since 2003, Lee has co-edited the Beloit Poetry Review, one of the country’s oldest and most respected journals.


Jason Tandon is the author of three collections of poetry, including Quality of Life (Black Lawrence Press, 2013) and Give over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt (Black Lawrence Press, 2009), winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award. Among other publications, his poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Paterson Literary Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Spoon River Poetry Review and on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. Jason teaches in the Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University.


Directions:  From Bourne Bridge.  Rt. 28 south to Thomas Landers Road exit, right off ramp to Rt. 28A south (left), about 1 1/2 miles.  Just past Old Dock Rd., on right, West Falmouth Library is on the left, with parking.

From Woods Hole.  Woods Hole Rd. to Palmer Ave. to Rt. 28 north to Brick Kiln Rd. exit, left off the ramp to Rt. 28A (stop sign).  Take a right, and go less than I mile.  West Falmouth Library is on the right, with parking (before the library, across from the Quaker Meeting House.)




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